I started to commute to work a few weeks ago. I'll admit that I haven’t ridden more than a handful of times, this year, but it is lovely to be able to take the Blue Ridge Parkway for part of the distance to Roanoke, VA, where I work.
I realize that I should probably spend some time in a parking lot, re-tuning my braking and swerving skills and becoming thoroughly reacquainted with my bike after the cold season. After an in depth visual check of the bike, it’s a good way to get my head back into the whole riding process for the season. Quick stops, slow turns, slow weaves, swerves. It’s good to limber up and shake the cobwebs out.
I’ll also go through my tail bag: Go through the pockets, and toss anything that is gummy, damaged or old. I’ll check my supply of Band-Aids, and things as well. Now is also a good time to change the batteries in my personal tracking gadget (I have a SPOT Generation II), and make sure the emergency ID (Road ID), I carry is where I can grab it to put on, and that the information on it is up to date. I've also got to renew the evacuation/transportation insurance (MedJet Assist).